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    Food events in Toronto this week are throwing it down with a gin bash and a bombolone battle. A new beer pong festival is here to let you relive your college days and the Gourmet Food and Wine Expo is back. Mark your calendars because Winterlicious and a big tea festival are coming up as well.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Palooza Beer Pong Festival (November 17 @ Rebel)
    The party game we all know and love is getting a massive festival as the world's largest beer pong tournament arrives for a full day of splashy fun.
    Wine and Cheese Tasting (November 17 @ Lazy Daisy's Cafe)
    Sommelier and fromager Jeremy Lago is on hand for a night of Italian wine tasting paired with Italy-inspired Canadian artisan cheeses.
    Drag Brunch (November 18 @ Gladstone Hotel)
    The beauty and bounty of both brunch and drag come together for a mid-day spread hosted by Miss Moço and Tynomi Banks.
    Ungava Gin's Smash Bash (November 19 @ The Drake Hotel)
    Gin lovers, top bartenders and industry folk are all on hand for this gin party and showdown to see who can concoct the best gin-based cocktail.
    Bombolone Battle (November 19 @ Constantine)
    A battle of the bombolone is brewing as top makers from Buca, Mercatto, Il Covo and Oretta work to create the best filling-stuffed donut ever.
    Beer. Diversity. (November 21 @ People's Pint)
    Ren Navarro is back to chat about diversity in Canada's craft beer industry over a special, custom-brewed beer.
    Trufflepalooza (November 21 @ Campagnolo)
    All things truffle is on with chef Craig Harding as he prepares a special selection of dishes topped with both black and white shaved truffles.
    Happy Hour (November 22 @ Assembly Chef's Hall)
    The Good Son joins Assembly Hall's Happy Hour for a three course dinner featuring local and regional ingredients, a chefs' talk, and drinks and gifts.
    American Thanksgiving Dinner (November 22-24 @ Hemingway's)
    Americans have a place at Hemingway's this weekend as the spot is serving up a traditional feast with a turkey dinner and all the fixings.
    Gourmet Food and Wine Expo (November 22-25 @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre)
    A foodie's dream come true, this huge expo features more than 1,500 wines, beers, spirits, gourmet foods, workshops, exhibits and more.
    Coffee Cupping (November 23 @ Antikka Cafe and Records)
    What's the difference between Costa Rican and Kenyan coffee? This tasting experience looks to develop a deeper understanding of your brew.
    Vegan Christmas Potluck (December 21 @ Ralph Thornton Community Centre)
    Everyone is welcome at this vegan holiday celebration. Bring any cruelty-free goodies to share, dress up in festive clothes and even meet Santa.
    Winterlicious (January 25 - February 7 @ Multiple Venues)
    The city-wide culinary experience returns with a ton of restaurants offering special items, menus, and prix fixe promotions for a whole week.
    Toronto Tea Festival (February 1-3 @ Toronto Reference Library)
    Tea sellers, local makers and indie producers will all be on hand for this big festival with exhibitions, shopping, samples and tea-infused products.

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    The Toronto Christmas Market has returned to the Distillery District for another year, coinciding perfectly with the first major snowfall of the season. It was cold and wet, but that didn't stop the crowds from enjoying the festive stalls and the lighting ceremony of the 50-foot tree. 


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    See snow? Drive slow, say Ontario Provincial Police.

    It's an instruction so simple that the entire things fits into a hashtag, and yet, every time Toronto gets its first real snowfall of the year, the roads descend into total melee.

    OPP officers responded to more than 340 collisions in Southern Ontario last night within just four hours following the region's first major winter weather event of 2018.

    In Toronto alone, more than 200 accidents were reported between Thursday night and Friday morning as both snow and rain made road conditions particularly slippery.

    Police have been warning drivers to slow down and leave extra space using every platform available to them since Thursday evening, but many residents either missed the memo or ignored it entirely.

    "Breaking news.... The white stuff on the ground will require to be cleared off your vehicle, will cause drivers to leave more time and will slow you down," wrote TPS traffic services early Friday morning.

    "You can overcome this substance by slowing down and leaving more space between you and the vehicle in front." 

    Me-ow!

    Meanwhile, regular ol' citizens have started their annual chorus of "NOBODY KNOWS HOW TO DRIVE IN TORONTO!" on Twitter.

    Toronto got 9 cm of snow last night, on average, according to Environment Canada, which is a lot compared to what we've seen over the past few years at this time.

    On the same token, it's a lot less than what we've had to deal with in Decembers, Januaries, Februaries, Marches and even Aprils in the past.

    The rate of collisions should soon slow down, as people put on their snow tires and remember that winter driving is tricky.

    The snow, however, will keep on coming . Weather Network meteorologists forecast scattered flurries for Toronto on Saturday. We could also see some snow on Monday, but the rest of next week looks relatively clear.

    Whatever the sky decides to drop, winter has arrived – so drive safely, ya dingus.


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    The best cabbage Rolls in Toronto are a taste of the old country. This nostalgic comfort food, which typically smothers pork and rice wrapped in cabbage leaves in a tomato sauce, is the perfect start to a European feast.

    Here are the best cabbage rolls in Toronto.

    11 - Centre Street Deli

    This classic Jewish deli in Thornhill does stuffed cabbage rolls as an appetizer or larger platter, both coming coated in sauce.
    5 - Tennessee Tavern

    This Parkdale bar doesn’t hide the cabbage part of their cabbage rolls, stuffing it with pork, beef, bacon and rice for an amped-up version.
    6 - Hastings Snack Bar

    Cabbage rolls at this Leslieville spot are stuffed with beef, pork and rice, or alternatively, lentils, mushrooms and rice for a vegan option.
    9 - Janchenko Bakery

    Cabbage rolls are cheap and sauerkraut goes by the pound from this hot table in Bloor West Village that pumps out European classics.
    4 - Country Style Hungarian Restaurant

    The cabbage rolls at this Annex standby rest on a heap of sauerkraut and are topped with a huge dollop of sour cream and a paprika rather than being covered in tomato sauce, bringing a specific regional taste of Europe to Toronto for decades.
    3 - Cafe Polonez

    The most basic at its best, this Roncesvalles Polish institution has been doing cabbage rolls on their own and as platters since day one. They even offer a vegetarian version filled with mushroom instead of pork.
    8 - Amber European Restaurant

    Get classic cabbage rolls for dinner with mashed potatoes and a side salad, or snag a deal on a cabbage roll with soup for lunch at this restaurant in Bloor West Village.
    7 - Pancer's Original Deli

    This shrine to Jewish deli foods near Bathurst and Wilson is home to one of the more simplistic, iconic cabbage rolls, nothing more than beef and rice wrapped in smooth cabbage, coated in tomato sauce that pools on the plate.
    10 - Kovalsky Restaurant

    The restaurant on the Queensway serves up traditional European fare where you can satisfy late night cabbage roll cravings until 10 p.m.

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    Major changes are afoot at Ontario Place courtesy of the Ford government, and many Torontonians are not happy about it. 

    The PC government released its fiscal roadmap yesterday in the face of what is being reported as a $14.5-billion deficit, and it appears the city will be feeling its effects in more ways than one. 

    Among the several controversial measures proposed in the economic strategy, including selling liquor until 11 p.m., cutting taxes on the rich, and scrapping rent control, Ford will also be reshaping the face of Toronto's massive waterfront park completely.

    A new piece of legislation called Bill 57, which was tabled alongside the economic outlook, plans to dissolve the Ontario Place Corporation (OPC) and transfer all its assets to the Crown for the use of the Province. 

    The government is also repealing the Ontario Place Corporation Act, saying it wants to finally transform the former theme park into a 
    "world-class, year-round" attraction.

    The citizenry are now bracing themselves for what they suspect will be an eventual selling out of Ontario Place to private companies. 

    The dreaded idea of Ford bringing his casino aspirations to the waterfront is now a thing, according to Finance Minister Victor Fedeli, who told Metro Morning today that "everything's possible". 

    The plans fly in the face of previous governments' attempts to revitalize the aging 51-acre park into a parkland for the public

    While changes have been years in the making, slow advances have been made recently, including the opening of the Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail last year. 


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    Toronto Police are looking for a man suspected of breaking into as many as 13 businesses in the downtown core to steal Apple products.

    The burglar is wanted in connection with a series of crimes that have taken place over the past three years, all of them Break and Enters with access gained through use of a crow bar (or something similar) to force doors open.

    Somehow he has yet to be caught, so, in an effort to identify him, police released a video on Friday featuring security footage from some his many heists.

    The suspect is said to be a big, agile, well-dressed guy—around 6'0"-6'2" with a heavy build at 220-240 lbs. Police say that, while he blends in with regular crowds through how he dresses, he "stands out due to his size."

    His specific taste in things to steal also stands out: iPads, MacBooks, Mac Pros—he doesn't discriminate (except against anything that isn't made by Apple).

    The thief is usually active between May and October, according to police, and tends to target businesses in older buildings.

    Recognize him? Police ask that yoy contact them at 416-808-5200, or reach out to Crime Stoppers anonymously.


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    Today is a day for snuggling bed and watching Netflix, but should you decide to head out, events in Toronto today include a new beer pong festival and a holiday light ceremony in Bloor-Yorkville Village. The famed Terre Bleu Lavender Farm is here for a pop-up and the Regent Park Film Festival wraps up for another year.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Bloor-Yorkville Holiday Magic (November 17 @ Village of Yorkville Park)
    Bloor-Yorkville is getting all dressed up for the holidays and kicking off a season of dazzling lights with a free concert and warm drinks.
    Kawaii Land (November 17 @ Design Exchange)
    A festival dedicated to all things cute arrives with a gathering of the kawaii community for exhibitions, art, fashion and programming.
    Palooza Beer Pong Festival (November 17 @ Rebel)
    The party game we all know and love is getting a massive festival as the world's largest beer pong tournament arrives for a full day of splashy fun.
    Terre Bleu Lavender Farm Pop-Up (November 17 @ 761 Queen St W)
    The Instafamous field with the yellow door comes to Toronto for a one-day pop-up, with Anthropologie and a ton of fancy lavender-infused products.
    Retro 80s Party (November 17 @ The Opera House)
    Shake your butt to all the best of the 80s at this massive retro dance party with a special spotlight on The Police and INXS.
    Poppy (November 17 @ The Danforth Music Hall)
    YouTube star Poppy has amassed a huge following, not just for her online videos but for her electro pop tunes that often cross into other musical genres.
    Illuminite (November 17 @ Yonge-Dundas Square)
    Yonge and Dundas Square kicks off the holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony, live music, dancing and a festive sing-a-long.
    Visionary Art Exhibit (November 17 @ Super Wonder Gallery)
    Local artists with a passion for all things sacred and divine capture the essence of the spiritual realm through painting, sculpture, dance and more.
    Pop Evil (November 17 @ Lee's Palace)
    Grunge is on with Michigan's Pop Evil who are still hot off the release of their self-titled album and here to play alongside Royal Tusk.
    Regent Park Film Festival (November 14-17 @ Daniels Spectrum)
    This free community film festival wraps up today with another round of screenings, a panel on digital activism and a special presentation.

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    The Gourmet Food & Wine Expo is coming back to Toronto for its 24th year. This annual event is your chance to take a food and drink journey around the globe. Want to go? We've teamed up with OLG's newest INSTANT game, THE BIGGER SPIN, to give away 10 ELITE passes valid for any day of the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo.


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    With the ridiculous amount of November snow we saw this week, it's fair to wonder if the rest of winter will be as intense for Toronto. 

    Though winter forecasts are just that—forecasts—the general consensus is that this year's snowy season is going to be a pretty standard one.

    What that means is the average snowy periods from December to March, with a few cold snaps here and there, but nothing out of the ordinary.

    That being said, it's still going to be frosty one (we are the earth's fifth coldest country after all). 

    winter 2018 toronto

    A chart from this year's Old Farmer's Almanac report shows temperatures hovering at average levels for the majority of winter, with a slight increase in precipitation. Photo via Old Farmer's Almanac.  

    If we're going by the Old Farmer's Almanac long range weather forecast released a couple months ago, the coldest periods will run from mid-December to early February. 

    There'll be more rain and snowfall than average, with precipitation lasting all the way until mid-March. 

    But it's nothing compared to the storms that Accuweather has reported will hit Atlantic Canada this winter, or the Arctic air that could potentially move east toward Quebec.

    Apparently Toronto and the rest of the Great Lakes will be spared much of that frigid air, only seeing some extreme bouts of cold in the second half of winter as per usual. 

    Both AG Canada and Accuweather have also reported on the effects of an emerging El Nino, which is usually associated with warmer and wetter weather winters and springs in this part of Canada.

    Still, you won’t see anything out of the ordinary, other than the fact April and May are expected to be cooler than normal, with more rain than average. 

    As long as it’s not the face-freezing, frigid winter storms of years past, we should be able to survive this one. 


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    The best indoor swimming pools in Toronto are an ideal way to get your laps in without being at the mercy of Mother Nature. With plenty of free or pay-as-you-go aquatic centres around the city and a number of membership-only options, there’s no shortage of opportunities to wade in the waters year-round.

    Here are the best indoor swimming pools in Toronto.

    Public
    Regent Park Aquatic Centre

    It’s called the Pam McConnell Aquatic Centre now, but either way, this facility in Regent Park has you covered for all your swimming needs, with a 25-meter lap pool, spa pool, tarzan rope and water slide.

    Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre

    The motherlode of all public pools, this competitive facility by U of T’s Scarborough campus has different programs happening in both its Training Pool and Competitive Pool. They also have a Dive Pool, if you’re skilled like that.

    Etobicoke Olympium

    Another training venue for the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, this aquatic centre on Rathburn Rd. has an Olympic-sized 50-metre pool, in case you want to practice your synchronized swimming routine. If not, there’s a smaller leisure pool.

    York Recreation Centre

    This recreation centre in Mount Dennis now comes equipped with a six-lane 25-metre pool, with a great shallow area and splash features for the little ones. There’s tons of aquatic programs offered here too, including Bronze Cross and Emergency First training.

    Douglas Snow Aquatic Centre

    The Olympic-size pool by Mel Lastman Square boasts two epic water slides (one is a towering, swirling affair that drops you into the shallow end), leisure swims, and free aquafit classes all week.

    Jimmie Simpson

    Sitting in this longtime Leslieville community centre is an indoor pool that hosts lessons, synchronized swims, certification programs and other activities. If you’ve got little tykes, they also have another pool just for kids.

    Trinity Community Recreation Centre

    This airy, beautiful facility on Crawford St. has a pool with three lanes running 25 yards-long. There’s also different swimming programs for swimmers of all ages.  

    North Toronto Memorial Community Centre

    Sitting right on the edge of Eglinton Park, this swimming pool has been an aquatic mainstay to the Eglinton area. It’s undergoing some $9 million worth of renovations, but when it reopens this March it’ll be even better than it was before.

    St. Lawrence Community Recreation Centre

    Take a dip in this pool located right on the Esplanade. It shares a space with the Market Lane Public School and St. Lawrence Community Daycare, making it the perfect swimming spot for community members of all ages.

    Joseph Piccininni Community Centre

    The indoor pool here offers lane leisure, fitness sessions and instructional swim. Head to this facility for their shallow aquafit lessons or leisure swims just for women.

    Membership

    University of Toronto Athletic Centre

    U of T's gym boasts two different types of indoor pools accessible to the public: the 50-metre Varsity pool and the 25-metre Benson pool. You can access either with a community membership that's $97 per month, or $17.70 a day.

    Cooper Koo YMCA

    This Cherry Street branch of the YMCA has a 25-metre lap and recreation pool that you can use with a membership that ranges between $45 and $57. 

    Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

    Head to the Freddie Shore Aquatic Centre in this facility right across from Spadina station and you'll be treated to a rare, fully-accessible saltwater pool in the heart of downtown. Monthly memberships range from $67 to $82, with additional costs for initiation.  

    Hart House Fitness Centre

    This 25-yard pool is nothing short of stunning, with a beautiful Art Deco skylight that lights up the entire stretch of water. Community memberships are $80 per month for non-U of T grads, with the option to bring one guest to this Queen's Park pool for $16 a pass.

    Glendon Athletic Club

    York University's GAC has a full-size indoor swimming pool divided into three lanes. There's open swim period for members of all ages, you just to have pay for a membership, which comes up to around $75 a month for community members.


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    The Toronto of the 1970s was, in the words of Anthony Astrachan, "a city that works."

    Unlike a number of major urban areas in the U.S., Toronto's downtown core was not rendered a ghost town by suburban emigration, and with the rise of the Parti Quebecois in Quebec, the city experienced such an influx of English-speaking Montrealers and Montreal-based companies that it became the fastest growing in North America. 

    And just as Toronto experienced a building boom—most notably in the rise of concrete apartment structures, downtown office towers, and the construction of the CN Tower—urban planners held little regard for historic structures, knocking down such iconic buildings as the Temple Building, the original Toronto Star Building, the Mercer Reformatory and many more.

    Here's how Toronto looked in the 1970s.

    Toronto 1970


    Gone but not forgotten, 1970s record shops at Yonge and Gould. Photo by cthompsonx.

    Odeon Theatre

    Maple Leaf Gardens with the Odeon Theatre in the background, 1970. Photo by cgfletcher.

    Toronto 1970s

    Pre-CN Tower skyline and Pier 6. Photo by mcwidi_2.

    Toronto 1970s

    Here it comes! The CN Tower at the beginning of construction. Photo by Photoscream.

    Toronto 1970s

    Flatiron building and skyline. Photo by Photoscream.

    Toronto 1970s

    Joy Oil gas station from above (ca. 1970-73). Photo by steveartist.

    Toronto 1970s

    City Hall (ca. 1970). Photo from Toronto History.

    Toronto 1970s

    University Theatre in the background of a street scene. Photo from Toronto History.

    Toronto 1970s

    Approaching Yonge and Bloor (ca. 1971). Photo from Toronto History.

    Toronto 1970s

    Nathan Phillips Square in 1973. Photo by Robert Taylor.

    Toronto 1970s

    The CN Tower under construction. Originally published in Time Magazine.

    Toronto 1970s

    The infamous red subway trains, 1971. Photo by Robert Taylor.

    Toronto 1970s

    A 1970s scene on a postcard of Toronto. Image from the Toronto Archives.

    Toronto 1970s

    Another postcard, this one of Yonge Street. Image from the Toronto Archives.

    toronto 1970s

    A skyline view from the Islands, 1970s. Image from the Toronto Archives.

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    Woodbine beach looking west. Image from the Toronto Archives.

    toronto 1970s

    Crowds in front of Old City Hall. Note the old streetcar. Image from the Toronto Archives.


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    On the heels of the first major snowfall of the season, Toronto's one and only outdoor shipping container market is now bracing itself for the toughest time of the year.

    The month of November is notoriously difficult for the stalls operating out of Market 707: the strip of upcycled shipping containers outside of Scadding Court.

    With temperatures dropping quickly and the area all but barren of foot traffic as windblown pedestrians retreat to the warmth of the indoors, business owners on this strip of Dundas must hustle harder to pay off their monthly leases for the rest of the season.

    That's especially hard in a climate like Canada's, where the dreary effects of winter weather can last up to half a year. 

    market 707 toronto

    Market 707 has over 14 stalls, some of which close during the winter while others continue to operate.

    But while some services like SC Cycles and CleanLocs have seemingly succumbed to the cold, shuttering up for the month of November, other businesses are sticking it out to make that extra cash. 

    Market 707 veteran Marc Perraut of Nom Nom Nom Poutine, which has been open since 2011, is one of the few stalls—alongside other seasoned containers like Gushi and Kanto by Tita Flips—that are open on a Friday afternoon. 

    "The first winter is always the absolute worst period of time for every business," says Perraut of new arrivals in the Market . "After you pass your first winter, you're good to go." 

    market 707 toronto

    Nom Nom Nom poutine has survived seven winters at Market 707. 

    Over the past seven and a half years of serving poutine out of a shipping container that's smaller than most walk in closets, Perraut has developed a system that keeps him afloat during the winter, namely through deliveries.

    Catering to those settling into hibernation mode, Perraut says his delivery order increase by about 50 per cent in the winter.

    "It replaces the walk-ups."

    Nom Nom Nom Poutine utilizes nearly every delivery app, from Ritual to Uber Eats, along with payment systems like WeChat and the burgeoning Canadian cryptocurrency via Bunz. 

    On top of that, Perraut can be found in his stall almost daily from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.—a valuable trait considering the stalls in Market 707 have a reputation for inconsistency, even in the summer.

    market 707 toronto

    Nantana's will close up her stall for the winter before re-opening in Spring.

    By staying open all winter (save for the dead period between Christmas Day and New Year's) it eases the burden of having to up the ante during the summer months in order to afford a few months closure.

    Meanwhile, Nantana Salanont, who's in her first year of running her Thai food stall Nantana just west of Perraut, is still adjusting.

    She says the cold weather has been hard, especially since she hasn't signed on with any delivery apps yet, though she plans on joining one next spring. 

    In the meantime, she'll be closing up shop to head back home to Thailand until March. When the snow starts to melt, she'll be back on her grind in preparation for another long, Canadian winter.


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    Old Saint Nicholas hits the road today as events in Toronto will see the Santa Claus Parade rolling through the city. Elsewhere, the Old Book and Paper Show is on and there's a feminist makers market. Film screenings, local music and an undie run are happening as well.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Santa Claus Parade (November 18 @ Bloor Street)
    Grab a hot chocolate and catch this annual parade with floats, music and folks in festive costumes marching through downtown.
    Made by Feminists (November 18 @ The Gladstone)
    Holiday shopping has never been so socially conscious as local makers who identify as feminists are selling lots of handmade items.
    Old Book and Paper Show (November 18 @ Artscape Wychwood Barns)
    Wychwood Barns is set to fill up with stacks of old paper, prints, photographs, comics and posters spread across 70 tables.
    The Living End (November 18 @ 156 Studio Projects)
    Part of a series on the queerness of cult films, Gregg Araki's work about two gay men with HIV is followed by a discussion on its place in queer cinema.
    Mah Moud (November 18 @ Drake Hotel)
    Another Toronto artist worth following, Mah Moud infused R&B with indie and alternative sounds that a slow, sensuous and profoundly beautiful.
    The Trinity Bellwoods Flea (November 18 @ The Great Hall)
    Get a head start on gift-giving with all kinds of decor, lifestyle products, food, home, art and more at this local makers market.
    Hoodlem (November 18 @ The Baby G)
    Toronto's own indie electro singer Hoodlem takes a pop and soul aesthetic to her deep cuts and powerful vocals.
    Mickey Mouse's 90th Anniversary (November 18 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema)
    It's been 90 years since the iconic character of Mickey Mouse hit the screen and marked a revolution in animation that continues until today.
    Movember Undie Run (November 18 @ The Great Hall)
    Running in your undies in the name of good health is a great way to spend a Sunday, and this two-kilometre run is followed by food, drinks and free swag.
    Lawrence of Arabia (November 18 - December 7 @ TIFF Bell Lightbox)
    Cinephiles can relish in a screening of one of the greatest films as David Lean's epic tells the story of the legendary T.E. Lawrence.

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    The Santa Claus Parade is coming to Toronto this weekend, and Santa needs you to get your car off the road and out of the way. 

    That's right, the annual Santa Claus Parade is happening Sunday, November 18, and it's bringing some road and transit closures with it, so everyone can enjoy the event. 

    The parade starts at Christie Pits at 12:30, and heads down Bloor Street to Queen's Park, where it loops around the Crescent and down University to Wellington Street, then south on Yonge Street and finally over to St. Lawrence Market via Front Street.

    santa claus parade torontoVarious streets will be closing at different times to accommodate setup, take-down, the parade, and the Holly Jolly Fun Run. Here is a list of those closures: 

    • Bloor St W from Ossington Ave to Christie St from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Bremner Blvd from York St to Lake Shore Blvd W from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Front St E from Jarvis St to Sherbourne St from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Lower Jarvis St from Front St E to The Esplanade from 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • Bloor St W from Christie St to Avenue Rd from 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Queen's Park from Bloor St W to Queen's Park Cres E from 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Queen's Park Cres E from Queen's Park to Queen's Park from 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Queen's Park Cres W from Queen's Park to Queen's Park from 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • University Ave from College St to Wellington St W from 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • University Ave from Wellington St W to Front St W from 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • York St from Front St W to Bremner Blvd from 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Front St E from Yonge St to Jarvis St from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Wellington St W from University Ave to Yonge St from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Yonge St from Wellington St W to Front St W from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    • Queens Quay E lane closure eastbound from Lower Jarvis St to Parliament St from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

    Additionally, some TTC routes will be diverting at varying times to avoid the closures:

    • 5 Avenue Road 
    • 6 Bay
    • 65 Parliament
    • 72 Pape
    • 94 Wellesley
    • 121 Fort York - Esplanade
    • 126 Christie
    • 161 Rogers Road
    • 300 Bloor-Danforth Night Bus

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    A longstanding Toronto restaurant will cease serving their chicken and ribs shortly after the beginning of next month.

    Located at 1633 The Queensway in Etobicoke, the lease on the The Q Queensway Rotisserie and Grill is ending, and they’ll have to stop serving their signature comfort food on December 2. 

    The Q was formerly a St-Hubert, and Ontario fans of the Quebec chain flock there since they retain the rights to the same dishes, such as the chicken, ribs, fries, sauce and hamburger bun dinner rolls.

    If you’re just discovering this now, at least you still have a couple more weeks to gorge on $9.95 quarter leg dinners and brunch until 2 p.m.

    The place has been in business for almost 40 years. That means they competed with Toronto’s most famous chicken and ribs chain, Swiss Chalet, for the majority of their 65-plus year reign. 

    So long, The Q, and thanks for all the chicken.


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    Free events in Toronto this week are all about wintery goodness as a new festival dedicated to Nordic culture arrives at the Harbourfront Centre. An entire season of festivities is on at Ontario Place and Cavalcade of Lights blasts off over Nathan Phillips Square

    Events you might want to check out:

    #Livesimplii (November 20 @ Artscape Sandbox)
    Catch a free networking session with a group of young professionals talking about business, finance, tech and more.
    Photorama (November 22 @ Gallery TPW)
    Local, international, emerging and established photographers show works that explore how images tell stories and provoke critical thought.
    Winter at Ontario Place (November 23 - March 17 @ Ontario Place)
    Ontario Place kicks off another year of wintery activities like ice skating, a light festival, winter fair, bonfires and lots more all season long.
    Cavalcade of Lights (November 24 @ Nathan Phillips Square)
    A massive firework light display is only part of this big holiday celebration in the Square with live music, skating and the lighting of the Christmas tree.
    Norden (November 24 - December 2 @ Harbourfront Centre)
    New this year is a festival dedicated to Nordic culture with a week of events including an ABBA ice skating party, holiday market and art shows.

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    The best toy stores in Toronto are purveyors are the finest past-times for kids (and maybe even adults, too). Whether you're looking for on-trend or artisanal toys, these shops go beyond Indigo Kids and Toys R Us and offer their own curated selections of creative games for all ages. 

    Here are the best toy stores in Toronto. 

    5 - Scooter Girl

    This longtime Roncy store carries basics like Lego along with more high-end toys. If you’re looking for quality past-times for kids with smart designs, this local shop is the place to go.
    6 - 401 Games

    It’s all about board games and card games at this Yonge and Wellesley store. Here’s where you can gift someone with their first sports or Magic card deck, or find a sweet Dungeons and Dragons figurine.
    8 - Silly Goose Kids

    Find creativity-boosting games at this Danforth East store, which also sells a wide array of kids essentials and stuff for new parents. You’ll also find a good selection of kids’ books and a dress-up closet to keep the young ones entertaine.
    10 - The Swag Sisters

    Gift bags are the speciality of this Little India store, but there’s definitely more than loot bag stuffers for sale here. Find arts and crafts, puzzles, dolls, and hand-painted wood toys.
    7 - Samko and Miko Toy Warehouse

    Head to either location in Richmond Hill or near Brown’s Line to shop 1000s of brands and toys for really affordable prices. They’re only open a few times a year, but when they are you’re pretty much guaranteed a killer deal.
    11 - Playful Minds

    It may be small but this St. Clair West toy shop is stocked full of toys for every type of kid, from precious chef dish sets and card games to STEM-based games for the budding smartypants.
    9 - Toytown

    This store at Avenue and Lawrence hold the title of the city’s oldest independent toy store. With their curated selection of high quality good, shopping here is the furthest you’ll get from the ToysRUs experience.
    4 - Treasure Island Toys

    There’s a nice selection of toys at this Danforth shop which caters to infants all the way up to the teens. You can shop local brands here, plus they have quite a bit of eco-friendly stuff too.
    3 - Mastermind

    The imagination knows no bounds at this popular retailer for toys, which has multiple locations around the city. From slime kits to Nerf lasers, you’ll find plenty of past-times for all ages here.

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    It seems like everyone’s getting into the weed dispensing game these days, so it only makes sense that eventually one of Toronto’s longest-running pot lounges would throw its hat in the ring.

    The Good Grass is opening next weekend at 575 Danforth, “a new and refreshing experience for the contemporary Canadian cannabis user.” 

    As they’re still waiting to see if they can get a license to legally sell cannabis products, for now the shop will just sell the kind of paraphernalia already available at Roach-a-Rama/Hot Box Cafe in Kensington, mostly smoking accessories and body care items.

    With plans for more locations are in the works, Hot Box fans have a reason to take an extra celebratory toke or two. 


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    Events in Toronto this week are all about picking out that perfect gift for yourself your loved ones at any of the markets happening around the city. Travi$ Scott is here and so is the final Friday Night at the ROM. There's film, art, food and lots of free stuff on as well.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Ungava Gin's Smash Bash (November 19 @ The Drake Hotel)
    Gin lovers, top bartenders and industry folk are all on hand for this gin party and showdown to see who can concoct the best gin-based cocktail.
    At Eternity's Gate (November 20 @ TIFF Bell Lightbox)
    Basquiat director Julian Schnabel has returned to capture another artist with a complicated look the last days of Vincent van Gogh.
    Travi$ Scott (November 21 @ Scotiabank Arena)
    Mr. La Flame is here as part part of his ASTROWORLD tour and since the album has a few Toronto artists, you never know who might show up.
    Yukon Blonde (November 22 @ The Danforth Music Hall)
    Yukon Blonde is joined by none other than The Zolas for a night of echoing indie rock tunes with some good ol' spacey electro.
    Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival (November 22-27 @ The Royal Cinema)
    If you didn't get your horror fill during Halloween, this annual film festival spans ten nights and features filmmakers from across the country.
    One of a Kind Winter Show (November 22 - December 2 @ Enercare Centre)
    Local and regional artisans show off their unique, handmade wears with everything from clothing, decor, gifts, art, food and lots more.
    Heathers (November 23 @ TIFF Bell Lightbox)
    Ryder. Slater. The 80s. Shoulder pads. High school cliques. Death. This movie has since achieved cult status, and is it really any wonder why?
    ROM Friday Night Live (November 23 @ Royal Ontario Museum)
    The last FNL of the year is gonna be lit with local bands like The Darcys on hand for a night of tunes, art, food and drink among the dinosaur bones.
    Blade Runner (November 23-25 @ Cinesphere)
    Fresh off his Han and Indie success, a young Harrison Ford stars in one of the most visually magnificent futuristic sci-fi masterpieces ever made.
    LOVEBOT Exhibition (November 23-25 @ Cabbagetown Building)
    Toronto's most familiar talisman for all things love is taking to the gallery for a solo exhibition featuring new works, artist talks, shopping and more.
    Indigenous Artisan Marketplace (November 23-25 @ Native Canadian Centre of Toronto)
    Jewellery, dreamcatchers, clothing, moccasins, paintings and more from over 40 Indigenous artists and makers are available at this three-day market.
    Toronto Drag Market (November 24 @ Glad Day Bookshop (Church))
    Support your local queens and kings as they werq their wears with all kinds of handmade items and speciality merch.
    Toronto's Chanukah Market (November 25 @ The Warehouse at Downsview Park)
    A celebration of Jewish culture is on at this big market with traditional food, shopping, entertainment and cooking demos.
    Flipside Record Sale (November 25 @ Gladstone Hotel)
    Give the gift of music or keep it all for yourself as over 30,000 used, vintage and rare records are all on sale at this huge one day sale.
    Etsy Holiday Market (November 25 @ The Great Hall)
    Toronto's Etsy community is coming out just in time for the holidays with 50 makers selling all kinds of locally-made gifts and lifestyle goods.

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    While there are many, many amazing Christmas lights displays around Ontario, few can boast the majesty of this one. 

    Owen Sound's Festival of Northern Lights is a breathtaking show of holiday spirit, featuring more than 25 kilometres of light displays. 

    The lights stretch across the town's downtown streets, harbour, rivers, parks and more. 

    Created in 1987, the spectacle started as a small community event, but has since grown into a fantastical display of more than 400 holiday treasures, from fire-breathing dragons to Santa's sleigh. 

    The Festival of Northern Lights started on November 17 this year and sticks around until January 6.

    Don't miss the closing ceremonies on January 5, when the town is sure to dazzle with its signature holiday magic. 


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